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Case ID: 569
Classification: Beating
Animal: cat
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Saturday, Feb 16, 2002

County: Hartford

Disposition: Convicted

Defendants/Suspects:
» Jill Mazurek
» Michael Pajak
» Michael Oziomek

Case Updates: 3 update(s) available

Authorities say Mazurek tortured her roommate's cat because she was angry at the roommate, Catherine Towles. In February, Mazurek allegedly marked the cat, an orange tabby named Adonis, with a marker, beat it with a log and beer bottles and tossed it into a lake several times.

Police said that Mazurek brought Adonis to Silver Lake in Berlin, where she allegedly beat the cat and repeatedly threw him in the water. The crippled cat struggled back to shore, and that's when Mazurek allegedly struck Adonis with beer bottles until he died, according to police. The cat was never found.

Mazurek was arrested Friday for cruelty to animals and conspiracy to commit criminal trespass in the third degree. She signed a statement admitting to the incident but believes she did nothing wrong, police say.
 
Newington residents Michael Pajak and Michael Oziomek, both 19, also were arrested and face the same charges as Mazurek. Police say the two men watched Mazurek's assaults on the animal.   The defendants face a maximum of 5 years in jail and a $5,000 fine if convicted. They are scheduled to return to court in August.

According to a statement signed by Mazurek, she killed the cat because of a dispute over rent.


Case Updates

Two men accused of helping a Newington woman torture and kill her roommate's cat received probation. A judge handed the sentence to Michael Oziomek and Michael Pajak for their "lesser roles" in the 2002 incident.

Last month, a judge sentenced Jill Mazurek, 21, to four months in prison. The judge also ordered Mazurek to have no unsupervised contact with animals during her three-year probation period.

Mazurek pleaded guilty in February to one count of animal cruelty just as jury selection in her trial was set to begin. She agreed to a plea agreement that called for a five-year sentence, suspended after four months, and three years of probation.

Mazurek was convicted of beating her roommate's cat, Adonis, and repeatedly throwing him into a lake until he died.
Source: NBC 30 - April 28, 2008
Update posted on Apr 28, 2008 - 8:53AM 
Jill Mazurek Gets Four-Month Jail Sentence For Cat Killing

Jill Mazurek was inCourt Thursday March 25, 2004, awaiting sentencing for killing her roommate's cat two years ago.
Mazurek was sentenced to four months in jail and three years of probation.

Mazurek and two friends were charged with beating and drowning the cat, Adonis, at Silver Lake in Berlin in February 2002. Mazurek pleaded guilty last month to one count of animal cruelty, accepting a plea deal the same day that jury selection in her trial was to begin.

The two others, Michael Oziomek and Michael Pajak, also of Newington, are awaiting trial.

The court received more than 3,000 letters on the case.
Update posted on Mar 28, 2004 - 10:49AM 
Jill Mazurek of Newington, Conn., will appear at a pretrial hearing March 25.

To urge the prosecutor to push for the maximum sentence under Connecticut law, send a letter to:

Mary Rose Palmese
Office of the State's Attorney
20 Franklin Square
New Britain, CT 06051
Fax: 860-515-5266

To encourage the judge to impose an appropriate sentence, send a letter to:

The Honorable Susan B. Handy
J.D. & G.A. 15 Courthouse
20 Franklin Square
New Britain, CT 06051
Fax: 860-515-5051
Update posted on Mar 1, 2004 - 4:59PM 

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